Sanyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), the umbrella body of farmer groups on May 21 wrote to PM Narendra Modi and urged him to resume talks with farmers.
The letter mentioned that they have already waited for four months in this deadly coronavirus situation but now they do not want to put the protesting farmers’ health at great risk and do not want to distract the central government at this situation when the country is fighting Covid-19. The last round of talks between the farmer leaders and Union minister was held on January 22.
The SKM claims to have lost more than 470 of their brothers in the movement “due to this obstinacy on the part of your government”.
In the letter, the leaders said, “Mr Prime Minister, this letter is to remind you that, as the head of the government of the largest democracy in the world, the onus of resuming a serious and sincere dialogue with the farmers lies with you.”
The letter mentioned that there cannot be any compromise on the core demands of the repeal of the three farm laws, legal guarantee for MSP and protection of farmers from the “adverse impact” of the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill.
“Any democratic government would have repealed the three laws that have been rejected by the farmers in whose name these were enacted and seized this opportunity to provide legal guarantee of minimum support price to all farmers. Instead, your government chose to turn this into a prestige point and refused to budge. Worse, your government has shut the doors for any dialogue since 22nd January 2021, even when you claimed the opposite. We have so far lost more than 470 colleagues in this movement due to this obstinacy on the part of your government”. the letter added.
The letter was signed by the Morcha leaders Balbir Singh Rajewal, Darshan Pal, Gurnam Singh Chadhuni, Hannan Mollah, Jagjit Singh Dallewal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Shiv Kumar Kakka, Yogendra Yadav and Yudhvir Singh.